The Gator Family Connection
December 2019
From the Gator Parent and Family Association:

Home for the Holidays: What to Expect

Whether your student is coming home for the first time, or spending their fourth holiday season at home, there will likely be a transition for both you and your student.   Your Gator's time away from home has been one of growth and new independence. To read more about what your student is experiencing and the transition of coming home for the holidays, click here.

As your Gator travels home this holiday season there are a number of transportation options to the Gainesville airport and nearby cities including Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Below is a list of several travel options to consider:

  • Buses (RedCoach, Greyhound, GMG)
  • Uber/Lyft
  • EZ Shuttle
  • RTS Bus
  • Ride boards on Facebook
  • Ask a Friend

The Gator Parent and Family Association would also like to wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year in this season of celebration and joy.
UF's "On-Time" Deadline is December 15, 2019
To apply for financial aid, complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, by clicking here . The University of Florida's "On-Time" deadline to receive the results of your 2020-2021 FAFSA from the federal processor is December 15, 2019. Apply now to be considered for the most and best aid.

For more information and questions regarding financial aid, click here .
Finals Care Packages

With finals just around the corner, a Care Package is a great way to send your Gator a wonderful surprise from home and proceeds go back to supporting student success. To find out more about ordering a care package for your student, visit their website  here .
Fall Move Out

If your student lives on campus, ensure they are aware of proper checkout procedures and guidelines.
The Fall 2019 term for housing is closing December 14 at 12:00 p.m .

Click here for more information regarding move out options, important dates, and FAQ.
"The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratus, which means “thankful, pleasing.” Essentially gratitude is being thankful and showing appreciation. From Thanksgiving to ringing in the New Year, this period is filled with so much celebration, busyness, and at times, chaos. We are continuously eating, buying, and dashing from one event to the next. This year, how different would the season be if we were mindful about stopping to express some gratitude along the way?"

Click here to read more about how to express gratitude with your Gator.
Fall 2019 Commencement

Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14

For palm-of-your-hand access to all the information you’ll need for the big weekend, including the full schedule, a digital copy of the commencement program, links to the live streams and more, download the GATORWAY APP and select the Graduation Guidebook. This app can be found in the Google Play Store for Android devices or Apple’s App Store.

To learn more about the University of Florida graduation ceremonies, visit their helpful website  here. In addition, click here to sign up for emails regarding graduation information.

We look forward to celebrating with you and your Gator Grad!
Final Exams

Final exams are nearly here! The end of the semester can be a stressful time for your student as the prepare to showcase all that they have learned this semester. Help your student stay on top of their studying and exam schedule.

To find out more about final exams at the University of Florida and to learn how best to support your student, visit the following helpful websites:

(Office of the University Registrar)

(Office of the University Registrar)

(Counseling and Wellness Center)
What is your Gator doing for the winter break?
Staying in Gainesville
Coming home the entire break
Coming home for some of the break
Want to connect with other Gator families through social media? Check out our class-specific Facebook groups! These groups are meant to answer questions, give tips, highlight news, encourage others, and make new friends.  Pl ease note, you must answer the membership questions in order to be approved by group administrators. Join the groups by clicking below: